Japanese qualifier wins maiden tour-level title

Japanese qualifier wins maiden tour-level title

London: Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka lifts his maiden tour-level title, Shenzhen Open, after beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France in the final of the men’s singles event on Sunday.

The 27-year-old clinched the title after handing over a 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 defeat to his French opponent.

Reflecting on his victory, Nishioka said that it is a very happy moment for him and now he would aim for ATP World Tour and Masters Titles.

“I believe this is the beginning,” said Nishioka. “[Now I will] try to win [ATP World Tour] 500 and [Masters] 1000 events… This is a very happy [moment] and I believe I can win more,” ATP quoted Nishioka, as saying.

“To get here, it was seven matches. It is not easy,” said Nishioka. “I am very tired right now but my strength is my mentality, my stamina and never giving up. Those are my weapons,” he added.

Following the victory, Nishioka got 250 ATP Ranking points along with a prize money of USD130,885.